Lili’s a private eye. Her specialty is divorce cases, investigating adulterous husbands. But Lili herself is having an affair with a married woman, Renee, who is (or was, up until this point) a heterosexual.
Lili has a sister, Mary, a career criminal who compulsively robs convenience stores at gunpoint. But Mary is willing to make an effort at having a straight (i.e., non-criminal life). For this, she will have Lili’s assistance.
More than anything, Lili and Mary want to be family. But their mother, Eleanor, is forever exploring cultures in some other country or on some other continent. Mary and Lili long for their Mom.
Claire Chafee is the playwright. “Why We Have A Body” is her best-known play. It premiered in San Francisco in 1993, when it enjoyed a long run, and was later successfully revived there last year. Ms. Chafee’s other plays include “5 Women on a Hill in Spain,” “Darwin’s Finches,” and “Even Among These Rocks.”
Tanna Frederick directs, and portrays Mary. A critically praised audience favorite, she recently concluded record-breaking long runs on stage in “Sylvia” and “Just 45 Minutes from Broadway” at Edgemar Center, where she also appeared in “Always…But Not Forever.” She also appeared in Robey Theatre Company’s “For The Love of Freedom: Toussaint” and at Skylight Theatre in “A Safe Place.” Her lively film career includes performances in “Hollywood Dreams,” “Irene in Time,” “Queen of the Lot” and the upcoming “Just 45 Minutes From Broadway,” “The M Word,” and more. She has also been involved with philanthropies ranging from Save Our Surf to the Iowa Film Festival.
Three-time Emmy ® winner Barbara Bain (“Mission: Impossible,” “Space: 1999,” “Richard Diamond, Private Detective”) plays Eleanor.